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Fab 5 for the Weekend

By Jackie Burrell
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 at 5:00 am in Family Outings.

Princess Plus Pea: Calling all fairy-tale lovers. Pleasanton’s Civic Arts Stage Company and San Francisco’s Shakespeare Festival are offering young theater fans a free sneak peek at their new production of “The Princess and The Pea” at 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Pleasanton Public Library. Enjoy some classic scenes, performed by young cast members, then pepper the cast, costume and set designers with your questions afterward. And if you loved that, you can catch the full stage production at the Amador Theater Dec. 10-12 and 15-19.

Hanukkah Community Celebration: Join the Hanukkah celebration at Berkeley’s Jewish Community Center at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, for a community candle lighting, plus refreshments, dancing and live music by Veretski Pass. Details: $15;

Giant Christmas Trees: San Francisco’s family-friendly “Deck the Hall” is always a spectacle, and this year’s 30th anniversary celebration promises even more of the same, with Davies Symphony Hall all lit up for the holidays, plus a magic show, refreshments and craft activities for kids, ages 3-10, at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 5. Details: $36-$50;

Recycled Art: Computer disc robots, flamboyant shopping bag dresses and other spectacular examples of trash-turned-art are showcased at MOCHA’s — the Museum of Children’s Art — annual Re-Create exhibit. The show runs every weekend from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19-Dec. 19 at 54 Water Street, Jack London Square, Oakland. Details:

Photo Fun: San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art hosts a day of “Capture the Moment” photo-inspired fun for families. Join the family tour at 1 p.m. and dabble in art activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 5. Details:

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